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NBS8013 : Leading Organisational Change

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Andrea Whittle
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Organisations exist in dynamic environments and must therefore place the effective management of change at the heart of what they do. This module explores these issues at an advanced level by developing a critical understanding of the complexities and challenges of change management. Through a combination of lectures and activities, students develop an awareness of the concepts and approaches that underpin the differing theoretical and practical perspectives employed within change management. This enables students to reflect critically, from an ethical and professional standpoint, upon their own competences and practices in relation to the various contested theories and dimensions of change management. Emphasis will be placed on utilising this critical reflection to support the evaluation of alternative approaches to leading successful, sustainable organisational change.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will typically cover the following themes:

•       The types and causes of organisational change
•       The psychology of change
•       Approaches to implementing change
•       Resistance to change
•       The role of power and politics in change
•       Leading change

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops93:0027:003-hour PiP classes combining lectures and workshop activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In class discussions and activities enable students to develop their understanding through mutual learning and self-reflection. Lectures supplement student reading to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Individual assignment (change analysis) 3000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, readings and class discussions / activities are designed to help students develop the understanding and analytical skills needed to meet the learning outcomes.

The written assessment then tests the students individually to assess how well they have developed both their factual understanding of the topic and their skills in applying their knowledge.

Reading Lists